Shooting During Waka Flocka Flame Recording Session in Atlanta Leaves 1 Injured


Waka Flocka Flame was involved in a shootout that took place in the early hours of April 4 at an Atlanta studio where he was recording.

According to a police report obtained by Billboard, Flocka, born Juaquin James Malphurs, was among the 10 witnesses alleging that three unidentified individuals with weapons fired off several shots into the studio, which resulted in one man being hit in the arm.

Officers arrived to the ZAC Recording studios in Northwest Atlanta at approximately 2:09 a.m. ET on April 4. After clearing out the scene, they helped transport the victim, Timothy Nickson, to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. There are currently no suspects at this time. 

Details began to emerge when WSB-TV in Atlanta reported the shooting Friday afternoon (April 12). The two men found with their guns drawn when police arrived — who were said to be protecting the studio — were initially detained and later released. One happened to be cited for possession of marijuana. There is one other victim listed in the police report, while Waka Flocka escaped unscathed. 

The shooting happened just days after Nipsey Hussle was tragically gunned down in South Central Los Angeles in front of his Marathon Clothing store on March 31. A memorial service was held in his honor at LA's Staples Center on Thursday.